Can breast milk protect against allergies

Rachael Zimlich, RN, BSN An updated clinical report from AAP reviews whether breastfeeding can prevent certain allergies, and how early peanut feeding can help prevent a peanut allergy. Good nutrition early in life can set the stage for a healthy adulthood, and help children avoid a number of allergic conditions, according to an updated clinical report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). The AAP’s Committee on Nutrition and Section on Allergy and Immunology updated its 2008 clinical report on

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Linking IBD with Antibiotic Use in Adults

SEP 02, 2020 | JARED KALTWASSER High exposure to systemic antibiotic therapy appears to increase a person’s risk of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), according to a new population-level analysis. The study was published in The Lancet: Gastroenterology & Hepatology. The question of whether antibiotic exposure leads to IBD has been debated for many years. In children, significant studies have already demonstrated that early exposure to antibiotics can lead to a higher risk of childhood IBD. However, the existing literature with

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Age Should Not Be Factor in Effective Psoriasis Management

Age Should Not Be Factor in Effective Psoriasis Management August 20, 2020 More studies are needed on the effectiveness and safety of plaque psoriasis therapies for older patients. Marieke E. C. van Winden, MD, MSc Age alone should not be a limiting factor in psoriasis management, according to the findings of a new study. The findings emphasized the need to have more studies on the effectiveness and safety of systemic therapies in older adults to optimize personalized, effective, and safe

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Stressful Life Events Could Play a Role in the Development of Schizophrenia

August 19, 2020 Genetic and environmental liability were linked to poorer mental health in a cohort of more than 6000 individuals based in the Netherlands. A traumatic or stressful life event could ultimately lead to a schizophrenia diagnosis, according to new research. A team, led by Lotta-Katrin Pries, MSc, Department of Psychiatry and Neuropsychology, School for Mental Health and Neuroscience, Maastricht University Medical Center, examined whether recent stressful life events interact with genetic and environmental liability for schizophrenia in models

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Early menopause and cardiovascular disease

July 9, 2020 The authors noted that, although recent guidelines embrace using history of menopause before age 40 to refine atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) risk assessments in middle-aged women, “robust data on cardio-vascular disease risk in this population is lacking.”Both natural and surgical premature menopause before age 40 are associated with a small but statistically significant increased risk for subsequent cardiovascular disease (CVD) compared to that in postmenopausal women without premature menopause, according to a cohort study in JAMA. The

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Managing Hyperglycemia in COVID-19

Managing Hyperglycemia in COVID-19 August 17, 2020 A professor from Michigan Medicine discusses recent research from the institute and how protocols implemented at Michigan Medicine to manage the increased risk of severe outcomes associated with hyperglycemia in COVID-19. New data from a team at Michigan Medicine is offering an overview of the impact hyperglycemia can have on outcomes in patients with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Through observation of 200 patients and the establishment of specific protocols for these patients, investigators

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Nearly 1-in-3 of Physicians Could Be Overusing Thyroid Ultrasonography

 survey of more than 600 physicians found many endorsed the use of thyroid ultrasonography for clinically unsupported reasons.   A new study from Michigan Medicine suggests physicians may be misusing and ordering unnecessary thyroid tests for patients. A survey of endocrinologists, surgeons, and primary care physicians, investigators found nearly a third of all clinicians were ordering thyroid ultrasonography for reasons not supported by clinical guidelines, but those seeing fewer patients were less likely to order such tests. “This study is

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The Future of Dementia Care

August 10, 2020 An expert in Alzheimer disease describes some of the struggles dementia patients might be going through during the COVID-19 pandemic. With the population aging, it might become increasingly important to mitigate some of the symptoms of dementia to prevent a public health crisis. Recently, a team of investigators from the University College London (UCL), released a new report summarizing preventative dementia care and what steps should be taken to truly reduce the amount of people diagnosed with

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Infectious Diseases Organizations Urge Coherent National Face Mask Policy

AUG 06, 2020 | GRANT M. GALLAGHER The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) and the HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA) submitted a letter to the White House Coronavirus Task Force, addressed to Vice President Mike Pence, advocating for a federal directive to all states calling for mask mandates in public settings. The letter was penned by IDSA President Thomas M. File, Jr., MD, MSc, FIDSA and HIVMA Chair Judith Feinberg, MD, FIDSA on behalf of their organizations. The letter argues

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Manipulative Therapy Ineffective for Chronic Low Back Pain

August 5, 2020 Manipulative techniques are not effective for chronic low back pain among relatively young individuals. Compared to placebo treatment, there was no difference in the reduction of low back pain and disability for those who underwent spinal manipulation or spinal mobilization. The findings suggested spinal manipulation and spinal mobilization were both ineffective interventions for young adults with mild to moderate chronic low back pain. James Thomas, PhD, and colleagues conducted a single-blinded, placebo-controlled randomized clinical trial to evaluate

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